Kalamaki Dog Aid
Jo first visited Kalamaki, on the Greek Island of Zakynthos, in 2013 where she met an English lady who had lived there for 28 years. She told Jo about how she had helped feed and care for the dogs there for years and as a result Jo got to observe and understand the issues they have with stray dogs.
During the summer the stray dogs are in fairly good health because they are fed by the local restaurants and tourists, but during the winter the dogs are totally reliant on caring people who live there to feed and water them. The main issue is the number of stray dogs that are not sterilised and are therefore reproducing. With female dogs giving birth to an average of 6 puppies, sometimes twice a year, it doesn’t take long for the population to increase! Mothers and litters of puppies are often discarded, being dumped or even drowned due to the costs involved in feeding them. Adult dogs are often poisoned or shot to reduce the number of dogs before tourist season begins. The solution is not just capturing these dogs and flying them to the UK for rehoming, but instead supporting local communities through castrating and spaying stray dogs.
With this in mind, Dog Trouble established a sustainable programme-Kalamaki Dog Aid to provide a reduced cost sterilisation programme to support the reduction of the stray dog population. By sterilising stray dogs the number of puppies being born on the island can be reduced and by providing flea/tick/worm treatment they can live a healthier life. We truly believe in this programme being the answer to improving the quality of life of Kalamaki stray dogs. If you wish to support this programme and save a life TODAY you can make a one off donation or set up a monthly direct debit to support Kalamaki Dog Aid.